Nashville Food Project Rises In The Nations

Dated: 08/15/2018

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by TJ Anderson

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There’s a lot to celebrate about the Nashville food scene, and rightly, folks from around the country have been celebrating us more and more, for years now. The New York Times highlighted how dynamic, smart and creative Nashville’s restaurants are, Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP marveled at how our scene “continues to explode.” Zagat posited that we’re having a “Brooklyn moment.”

These are all great bragging rights. But Nashville also remains a city in which many of our residents still go hungry. Thankfully, there are people in the Nashville culinary community who are training their attention on that challenge. Specifically: The Nashville Food Project, a nonprofit focused on “bringing people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city."

Nashville Food Project roots

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The organization already has deep roots in Nashville: It launched in 2007 as a local offshoot of Austin’s Mobile Loaves & Fishes, and in 2011, branched out as an independent nonprofit, just a year after working through one of our city’s broadest challenges. Over three weeks after Nashville's 2010 flood — which displaced thousands of Nashvillians and resulted in an estimated $2 billion in property damages — Nashville Food Project volunteers prepared and delivered more than 19,000 meals to neighbors, city employees and relief workers.

That effort was just an example, but it’s emblematic of what the Nashville Food Project is doing for our city: When there’s a need for nourishment, they’re working to fill it.

The ways they get the job done are varied and inspiring. In the Nashville Food Project kitchens, they prepare hot, healthy meals from produce grown in their own urban gardens, and recovered and donated food from markets, restaurants and other partners. With their food trucks, they deliver over 4,000 scratch-made meals to neighbors in need across Davidson County each week.

This year alone, the organization expects to provide 175,000 meals in Nashville. By 2022, they’re aiming to up that number to 500,000, with a hope of working toward “a more just food system in which all of our neighbors have a seat at the table.”

A new home in The Nations

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A big step toward reaching that goal: The Nashville Food Project is working on opening a brand new building in Nashville’s The Nations neighborhood by the end of 2018, with a large commercial kitchen, lots more cold and dry food storage space, a spacious community dining room, space for educational events and land for foodscaping and lots more.

They’re about mid-way through the build-out now at 5904 California Ave., and to give neighbors and supporters some on-the-ground insight into the project and the possibilities, Nashville Food Project is hosting a Headquarters Preview Party & Campaign Launch there on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Attendees will get to see what’s being built, learn more about what’s being planned and get a deeper sense of just how much good Nashville Food Project plans to do.

They picked a pretty perfect home in The Nations, too, with its growing business sector, tight-knit community vibe and location close to a slew of Nashville’s fastest-growing neighborhoods.

If you’re intrigued and would like to attend, swing by for more on the Preview Party (and the organization in general).

If you fall in love with The Nations and feel inspired to become one of the Nashville Food Project’s new neighbors, let me know if I can help. Explore some homes for sale in The Nations here, and call or email TJ Anderson Homes here.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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